Thursday, 9 September 2010

Cuts for Ringwood & Hursley, changes in Hedge End

Dorset Sprinter X5 (City Centre-Ringwood) has been cut again with a new timetable that started on Monday 6th September. It's down from 5 to 4 journeys a day each way on weekdays. On Saturdays there are now only 3 journeys from Ringwood to Southampton. Also notable is the withdrawal of the 0735 journey from Ringwood to Southampton which now makes it impossible for people in Ringwood to commute into Southampton on the X5 for a 9-5 job, leaving National Express as their only alternative to the car.

First 24 (City Centre-Hursley) will be withdrawn from Sunday 17th October, leaving IBM's staff with no direct bus link to Southampton for the first time in decades. IBM will run a minibus to connect with Bluestar 1 at Chandlers Ford. Another alternative is Stagecoach 46 (City Centre-Winchester), which has a bus leaving Southampton City Centre at 0654 and back from Hursley (Post Office, not IBM) towards So'ton at 1705 and 1808 although the evening ones only run as far as the General Hospital, not all the way into town.

A few changes due on 24th October 2010:
Velvet A (Eastleigh-Boorley Green) will have a minor timetable change.
First 8A (Lordshill-Hedge End Station) will have a route and timetable change.
First 16 (City Centre-Hamble) will have a timetable change.
First 16A (City Centre-Hedge End) will be withdrawn and replaced between Hamble and Hedge End by an extended route 26.
First 26 (Fareham-Hedge End) will be extended to Hamble to replace the 16A.
More details to follow on those.

The diversions to Bluestar 4 (City Centre-Romsey) in Maybush have ended early and it is now back to its normal route.

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